Sydney Airport Security

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SpeakersMoyes Reverend The Hon Dr Gordon; Kelly The Hon Tony
BusinessQuestions Without Notice

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Reverend the Hon. Dr GORDON MOYES: My question without notice is directed to the Minister for Police. Is the Minister aware that the fatal incident at Sydney Airport highlighted the problem of outsourcing security? Is the Minister aware that during last weekend's brawl between motorcycle gangs, private security officers employed by the Sydney Airport Corporation Ltd were unable to contact their Australian Federal Police counterparts by radio directly? In particular, is the Minister aware of the statement by Tony Sheldon, the Federal Secretary of the Transport Workers Union, in which he said:
      Privately contracted security guards are given totally inadequate training and there is little or no coordination. There is no clear chain of command or breakdown of responsibilities. About 25 per cent of the security workforce and other labour-hire employees working in the airport are not screened by ASIO.
Given that special constables from the New South Wales Police Force patrol the corridors of Parliament House and Governor Macquarie Tower, will the Minister consider the deployment of special constables to protect passengers at Sydney Airport?

The Hon. TONY KELLY: Policing at Sydney Airport falls under the jurisdiction of the Australian Federal Police. The details of policing arrangements on a day-to-day basis at the airport should be directed to the Australian Federal Police.